Who are the Parents of Isaac Hedrick (1835-1868)?

The brick wall on my Hedrick line is Isaac Hedrick, married to Minerva Mathis, the parents of my 2X Great Grandfather Sigel Hedrick.

I received a comment on my blog from a Hedrick cousin mentioning the mystery of Isaac’s parents. I decided to take a look at the information I have.

Isaac is found on the 1850 US Census at age 12 living with Jesse & Mary Swope and their children in District 68, Pettis County, Missouri. (He is listed with a middle initial, either “J” or “T.”) There’s a marriage record for Isaac & Minerva in Stone County, Missouri. They were married on August 12, 1858. By the 1860 US Census, Isaac and Minerva lived in Buchanan, Taney County, Missouri. Finally, there’s a Find A Grave memorial for Isaac.

I think the key piece to the puzzle is the 1850 US Census: Who are Jesse & Mary Swope? I decided to set up a family tree for them on Ancestry.com, and see where it leads.

The first thing I discovered was Mary Swope’s Find A Grave memorial. From that I learned that Mary was a Hedrick, and that her parents were Johann Jost “Joseph” Hedrick & Sarah. Perhaps Mary was Isaac’s Aunt, making her parents Isaac’s paternal Grandparents. Mary’s memorial had a link to her father’s and mother’s memorials, and the memorials had a list their children. I added those children to the family tree and started researching to determine which of the 6 sons could have fathered Isaac Hedrick. (None of the daughters married a Hedrick, so I didn’t need to research Rebecca, Mary, Orpha, Sarah, and Elizabeth.)

I’m lacking reliable sources, but here’s what I found on Jacob, Joseph, Jonathan, Isaac, William and Samuel.

Jacob‘s Find A Grave memorial says he died between 1876 & 1880 in Howard County, Missouri. I don’t have any other information on Jacob. It’s unlikely but not impossible that he fathered Isaac.

Joseph was living in Holt County, Missouri on the 1850 US Census, with his wife Sarah Wilds Hedrick and many children. He died in 1859 in Nodaway County, Missouri. Again, unlikely but not impossible that he fathered Isaac. His Find A Grave memorial doesn’t list an Isaac.

Jonathan married Elizabeth Travillian on December 23, 1824 in Cooper County, Missouri. They seem the most likely parents of our Isaac Hedrick. Jonathan’s Find A Grave memorial says that he died prior to 1857, because Jonathan’s brother Samuel died in 1857 and had been serving as guardian for Jonathan and Elizabeth’s son Jonathan. (So it’s likely Jonathan and Elizabeth both died) I can’t find anything to connect children to this couple, but some family trees list them as having 3 daughters and 2 sons – Jonathan and Isaac.

Isaac, perhaps the namesake of our Isaac, was adventurous, and took his family to Oregon Territory where he is found on the 1850 US Census. He had a son named Isaac who was born 5 years before our Isaac, so he isn’t the father of our Isaac. The son is listed as “dying young” on his father’s Find A Grave memorial.

William is said to have died about 1844 according to his Find A Grave memorial. He married his (second) wife Elizabeth Bearden  in 1834, and she remarried after his death. Sometimes a second husband didn’t want to raise the children from the first marriage, so they lived with relatives. William and Elizabeth could have parented Isaac, but it seems unlikely.

The youngest brother, Samuel, was living with his mother on the 1850 US Census, in District 68, Pettis County, close to the Swope family including our Isaac Hedrick. Samuel never married, and he died in 1857. As mentioned above, it is thought that he was the guardian of his nephew Jonathan, son of his brother Jonathan.

It’s possible that Isaac is the son of Jonathan and Elizabeth, and that his parents died young. By 1850 two of their daughters had married and one is unaccounted for until the 1860 US Census. Their son Jonathan is thought to have been under the guardianship of his uncle Samuel, though he isn’t listed on the 1850 US Census as living with him. That leaves their son Isaac, who was living with Aunt Mary Hedrick Swope.

What I have is a whole lot of guessing and not much documentation. But it’s a start. Who are the parents of Isaac Hedrick (1835-1868)? If you have information, I’d love to hear from you.